A work day for teachers, means an extra day to play. But what is there to do with your kid crew on these random in-service days, especially if it’s cold and rainy outside? We put together 15 tried-and-true destinations that are sure to entertain your brood any day of the week. Click through the gallery to see some perennial favorites and new-to-you hot spots.

Woodland Park Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! Find your favorite animals at Woodland Park Zoo – rain or shine! The 92-acre zoo is divided into bioclimatic zones, featuring different natural habitats ranging from humid tropical rain forests and coastal deserts to temperate rain forests like those of the Pacific Northwest. Explorers ages eight and under will love Zoomazium, an indoor, all-weather facility that features fun, interactive nature-themed areas devoted to play and learning. What could be more fun than exploring a mountain cave, crossing a rope bridge in the tree canopy, or even climbing a 20-foot tree (then plunging down a slide)! Find out what’s scheduled for the day of your visit.

Good to Know: Download the free mobile app to track your visit with a GPS-enabled map, customize your schedule, access animal fact sheets and take unique tours. App available for iOS and Android. On-site parking costs $6 for the day.

5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 548-2500
Online: zoo.org

Off Peak Hours: October 1–March 31, Daily, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $14.95/Adults (ages 13 & older); $9.95/Kids (3-12); 2 & under Free. Annual memberships available.

photo: Woodland Park Zoo Facebook page

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— Abbey McGee